The Philadelphia Eagles’ season certainly hasn’t gone as expected. Most people had a vision of a Wild Card berth lurking in the back of their minds, expecting that the Eagles would finish among the league leaders in both yards gained and points scored and an easy first in excitement generated.
Instead, the franchise has disappointed. Chip Kelly doesn’t have his franchise quarterback, and he’s just 3-5 at the midseason mark. Most frustrating is his conservative style of play.
Kelly’s first quarter against the Washington Redskins on the Monday Night Football opener was a mere tease. The real Eagles offense seems to be an average number of plays called, a high number of yards, and a relatively low number of points scored. The team is fifth in yards but just 19th in points scored, and it's in the midst of a brutal midseason slump that has made the team unbearably boring to watch.
The team is cycling through a quarterback carousel, and the 2014 draft can’t come quickly enough. The foundation is in place for a successful offense, but that can’t happen without a franchise signal-caller. The defense has come through for consecutive games now, but it’s still a subpar unit that ranks near the bottom of the defenses in the National Football League.
It’s difficult to hand out awards to a mediocre 3-5 team likely destined for a six- or seven-win season. But here’s an attempt at recognizing a few standout players on the team.